Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. F. Layne Wallace

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Winton

Rights Statement

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Wallace

Department Chair

Dr. Judith L. Solano

College Dean

Dr. Neal S. Coulter


Leading human-computer interaction (HCI) researchers recognize a fundamental difference exists between men and women. Some HCI research has been done regarding gender differences in hand-eye coordination for interactions with computer touch display interfaces, navigation through virtual environments (VE) and language in computer-mediated communication. In these previous studies, gender differences were found in the use of words and language in computer-mediated communication and in navigation strategies for VE but no gender-related differences were found for the hand-eye coordination needed to effectively use a touch display.

The current study used a cross-modal (auditory-visual), dual-task, computer interface to examine gender differences in crisis control simulations. For the primary task of alarm monitoring, no gender differences were found for average or maximum response and completion times. Likewise, no gender differences were found in terms of error rates for the primary task or the number correct on the secondary task. However, in terms of minimum response and completion times for alarm monitoring, gender differences were found.